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Good news for mums and dads! The Government have just announced paid maternity leave, which will encourage more women into the workforce.

Any primary carer (mother or father) will be entitled to 18 weeks pay at the minimum wage (about $544 per week) in a welcomed scheme due to commence on 1st January 2011, after the next election.

The mother and father can split the leave, if they wish, taking, say, 9 weeks each. The payment will be means tested and available to those earning less than $150,000 per annum.

Eligible parents will not be paid the current $5000 baby bonus once off payment. Furthermore, employers will not have to carry on superannuation payments during the period of leave.

Still and all, definetely good news of you're planning to start a family in Australia.

Aoife

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